School News

Students hug I-Cubs mascot.

Cubs, Eagles Team Up for Reading Challenge


McKinley isn’t much farther than a long home run from Principal Park, the home of the I-Cubs. So there was a lot of interest when Cubbie Bear came by for a visit and a reading challenge. He also came with some really good books in tow. Click on the headline to see and read more!

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Tuesday August 21, 2018 Meet the Teacher & Supply Drop Off 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM


Come in and meet your new teacher on Tuesday August 21 3:30 – 5:00 It’s going to be an incredible year 2018-2019!

Kindergarten Jump-Start August 15, 16, & 17 8:00AM -11:00AM


Kindergarten Jump-Starting on Wednesday August 15, 16, & 17 8:00AM -11:00AM Parent Informational Meeting on Friday August 17 at 10:00 AM

District staff walk safe routes to school.

Scouting the Routes for Safe Walks to School


The school bell times at McKinley will change with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Our new start time is 7:30 AM and we will dismiss at 2:25 PM, with a 75 minute early dismissal on Wednesdays. Please click on the headline to learn more about how we are engaging our staff to ensure an orderly transition when school resumes August 23.

Sarah Grady

Welcome, Mrs. Grady!


Dear McKinley Staff, Parents and Families, It is with great pleasure that I announce Sarah Grady as the new Principal at McKinley Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year.  Mrs. Grady is the current Dean of Students at Stowe Elementary in Des Moines. Mrs. Grady started her career at River Woods Elementary and has also taught at Edmunds … Read more »

Get Connected with SchoolCNXT


McKinley is piloting a new app that will help you and our school stay in touch about special events, activities and communications. Here are some resources for you to utilize to get started. Simply visit your smartphone’s app store and search for the “SchoolCNXT” app. Once you download and test it out, you will find … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Dec 21
All School Sing
Dec 24
Winter Break – No School
Dec 24
Holiday – Offices Closed
Dec 31
Holiday – Offices Closed
Jan 02
Staff Development – No School

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About McKinley Elementary School

1610 SE 6th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

P: 515-242-8423 | F: 515-242-8496 | E: 

New School Hours: 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM


McKinley Elementary serves as a school and as a resource center for our diverse community. Many of our PK-5 students bring a rich cultural heritage that finds expression at McKinley, Read More…

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